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The Natural History of the Earth: Debating Long-Term Change in the Geosphere and Biosphere

Series: Routledge Studies in Physical Geography and the Environment

By: Richard John Huggett (Author)

220 pages, 3 b/w photos, 109 b/w illustrations, 10 tables


Paperback | Apr 2014 | #214202 | ISBN-13: 9780415759076
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Hardback | Aug 2006 | #214201 | ISBN: 0415358027
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About this book

Using a broad selection of classic and current sources, The Natural History of the Earth probes selected discussions within biology, climatology, geology, and geomorphology and explores a selection of debates about Earth and life history, considering their origins and their present state-of-play.

After outlining the arguments, placing them in an historical context and indicating their significance, The Natural History of the Earth goes on to deal with specific debates. In the geosphere section, topics covered include geological processes, the bombardment hypothesis, frigid climates and cataclysmic floods, and in the section concerning the biosphere, the topics covered include evolutionary patterns, mass extinctions, patterns in life's history and life-environment connections.

Written in a clear and accessible style, The Natural History of the Earth will interest Earth and life scientists, physical geographers and any informed person fascinated by long-term Earth history. This accessible volume is illustrated throughout with over fifty informative diagrams, photographs, tables and over 700 references.


1. Introducing Debates
2. Building the Earth
3. Bombarding the Earth
4. Freezing the Earth
5. Flooding the Earth
6. Evolving Life
7. Destroying Life
8. History of Life
9. Life in Control?

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